Buyers & Sellers

For Buyers

When considering buying in a new real estate market a good REALTOR® can make the difference between an exciting adventure and a horrible experience. You need a Charleston real estate expert on your side to help you navigate the Lowcountry and find the perfect metro Charleston home you have been dreaming of.

We are South Carolina REALTORS® with over 50 years experience in the real estate industry. We have built our South Carolina real estate careers on being local experts from the beaches to Charleston and beyond.

As a buyer's agent, we guide you through every part of the process. We help you identify the community that best suits your budget/needs, help explain documents and information, and negotiate for best price. We attend all meetings and inspections and make sure all timelines are met to ensure a smooth and timely closing. It's our goal to make your transition (and transaction) as stress-free as it can be with our confidential and professional acumen.

It's the most important purchase you'll ever make. Learning the process of how to buy a home can be challenging. Let us show you how to make the process of buying a home go smoothly and trouble-free.

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For Sellers

Navigating the waters of selling your home can be daunting. The Charleston Fine Homes Team can help you understand the ins and outs of what you need to know as a seller. They will guide you every step of the way, from a no obligation free market analysis on your home with information about comparable properties in your neighborhood to the day you hand over your keys at the closing table. They will lead you through a smooth transaction.

They are REALTORS® and serve as trusted advisors through the listing and marketing stage to the negotiating and closing process.

There are many little things that can make a big impact on getting the best price for your home. The team is experienced Listing Agents (also known as Seller's Agents) and they know selling a house requires getting your home into the best possible shape to attract buyers.

Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. Their on-staff stager can help you get top dollar. Staging the home, making repairs, minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home sitting on the market and one that's sold fast. Staging generates interest from consumers and maximizes sale price which is why Charleston Fine Homes will provide you with a free hour staging consultation.

They help you navigate through a myriad of forms, documents, and disclosure requirements.

Trust, confidence, and effectiveness: These are the qualities that expedite the sale of your home.

These are the qualities upon which Franne, Chari and Yvette have built their real estate careers.


Thinking of selling your home?

Learn the ins and outs of the sales process from start to finish.

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  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Chari and her team at Charleston Fine Homes were a joy to work with. I had some fairly restrictive requirements and a limited area to work in. Because of this, I assumed my search would drag on for months, Chari's knowledge of the area and thorough research found my daughter and I a perfect home within weeks. She was also very knowledgeable in the inspector, lender, and closing attorney realm. Finding a lender with a better rate and service than the one I had previously been working with. Her charm and dedication made the process enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking to purchase a home. — Philip

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    It was a pleasure working with Franne Schwarb and her team at Charleston Fine Homes. Their professionalism, knowledge of the real estate market, and resources all contributed to our home going under contract in less than one week. From start to finish, the process was efficient, organized, and seamless. Franne was there every step of the way to answer any and all questions, provide resources such as a photographer, home staging professional, and tradesman for repair work, etc. During this process we were out of the country and Franne and her team went above and beyond. Not only did they meet contractors at our house, but they also ensured the job was getting done and kept us updated. I would highly recommend Charleston Fine Homes for all your real estate needs. — Kathy and John

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Franne and Mark were there for us during every step of our buying and selling process. Not only do they know the Charleston/Mt. Pleasant real estate market intimately, they go above and beyond necessary whenever possible. We cannot recommend them highly enough and recommend them we do… to friends, family members and anyone seeking a smooth and hassle-free real estate transaction! We don’t know how they do it, but Franne and Mark can make a very stressful time, if not “fun”, at least “smooth sailing”. Thanks for everything. — Traci and Brian

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Franne is fantastic! She listened to our needs, identified a wide range of viable options, and handled all follow-up details accurately and thoroughly. She is a consummate professional, while totally approachable and personable at the same time. I would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone in search of an outstanding REALTOR®. — Debbie and Mark

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    We wanted to tell you how happy we are that we listed our house with you! You gave us a lot of helpful information about how to properly price our house and “show it”. Because of your pricing recommendation we were able to maximize the return on our “investment” after only one year in the house.We appreciate all your hard work! You were always available to us and returned our calls very promptly. The brochures you prepared on our house were colorful and full of essential information about the house and the community. We were amazed at the amount of feedback you were able to get from the realtors who showed our house. Your knowledge of the area and the other homes on the market was impressive! — Chris and Cathleen

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    We gave Yvette our house listing at the the end of May with the goal of listing it June 5th.  We had done extesive work on our home and hoped to get a good price.  Yvette suggested a number $60K higher than another agent we interviewed.  We staged it well and before it even went on the market, she had it sold for over asking price!  Yvette made the entire experience easy and was our strong advocate throughout the process.  I highly recommend her. — Kaye Z.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    The buying experience with Yvette was incredible.  She made the process exceedingly easy and stress free. She provided me the knowledge of an experienced professional you'd expect from a big name in the industry without the pushiness you sometimes find with larger companies. I'd definitely recommend Yvette to my friends and family. — Kyle B.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    I highly recommend Yvette Grist for finding a home for anyone looking, she went above and beyond finding my husband and I a rental home 7 months ago. Now after relocating for my husband’s job, we are now looking at buying a home and surprise Yvette has worked her magic once again and found us a home. She has answered any and all questions we have thrown at her. She also answered many inquiries about the area and places to visit an eat. Jeremy and I appreciate everything you have done for us, and we will give you our business in the future as well. — Jeremy & Jill T.

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Thank you Franne and Mark for everything. Kristy and I would be lost without your help. We didn’t know where to start, but you and Mark made everything very easy! We love our new home and can’t thank you enough for being there for us. — Kristy and Todd

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    I liked Franne from our first encounter. She was smart, bold, and very experienced. She had a great knowledge of the market and years of experience to guide us with our sale. Chari was a great asset to the team and very complementary to Franne’s experience with her sense of style, recommendations on staging, and other sage advice. Both Franne and Chari were responsive in a very timely manner, communicative, and insightful to our needs. We have been extremely pleased with both Chari and Franne and have doubts our home would have sold so quickly at the great price we obtained without this superb team. Franne and Chari are a dream team!!! — Jeanette Andrews

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    I just wanted to thank you for all the time and effort you put into selling my house for me in Summerville.  I know times were very stressful and you were doing the work of two people, but you kept going forward until it was sold.  So... THANK YOU!  I really appreciate you and all your hard work!  — Becky D.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    I highly recommend Franne and her team for all your real estate services. I've never worked with a more professional, ethical, and charming team. The Charleston Fine Homes Team took care of all the details and gave great advice on what I should and shouldn't do to prep my home for sale. Their advice not only saved me money but lead to a quick and successful sale of my home, all during the COVID 19 pandemic. Thanks so much Charleston Fine Homes Team! — Eric G.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    Thanks so much and thank you for all of your help through this whole process. We couldn't have done it without you. — Amanda and Dan

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    The sale of our home went very well. Thank you, Yvette, for a job well done! Yvette was very professional and yet personable. The Coldwell Banker resources that were emailed regularly about how well our home was shown, how many visited the websites of our listing, was a nice touch and benefit. We would use Yvette and Coldwell Banker again. — Kathy and Chris G.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    I was referred to Yvette by the USAA Real Estate Rewards Network Program.  It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  She was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly.  Yvette always kept me informed and used her expertise to give me the best service . She always went above and beyond, nights and weekends.  I'll tell all of my friends and family about her.   — Gary B.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    Thank you Yvette! We couldn’t have done this without you. — Darlene and Jacquelyn

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    During an incredibly stressful time involving an international relocation Yvette made everything seem incredibly easy. She was always available to assist me and went above and beyond her mandate suggesting new options and providing me with up to date information on a continuous basis. She intuitively understood my needs even before I did and proposed solutions to each question that arose. She found me the perfect house and is still helping me make it feel like a home with suggestions, advice and helpful tips. She is a genuinely kind and pleasant person with limitless information not only about the local housing market but also schools, restaurants, traffic and the general way of life in the Charleston/Mount Pleasant area. Her assistance and experience have been an invaluable resource for me, and I look forward to working with her again. — Jean